Posted on April 3, 2014
“I am a high school student who is undecided about what my major should be in college. Is there a good way to figure out what to study in college?”
Keiser University Associate Vice Chancellor Ellen Bernhardt recently tackled this question which is one of the most frequently asked questions by prospective college students.
First of all, you are not alone! The process of finding both the college and the major that best fits the individual can cause stress to many high school students. In addition to a regular load of schoolwork, extracurricular activities, community service, downtime with friends, and/or work during high school, there are time consuming applications to colleges, visits to campuses, and decisions to make about what to study and what the best career choices are. The key to solving your problem is to work with an Admissions Counselor who will spend time with you, listening to you talk about yourself, your hobbies, and what is important to you in a career. By asking questions, listening carefully to your answers, and getting to know you through conversations with you and your family, an Admissions Counselor can make recommendations to you that fit who you are and what you want. Whether your interest is in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), health care, business, or other areas, Admissions Counselors have been professionally trained in many different career fields in each area of interest. They know how to help high school students like you decide which major is right for them, or to decide that the best course of study for them is to enter college for a couple of semesters as an undeclared major. It’s ok to decide not to decide on a major. What is important is to talk to an Admissions Counselor sooner than later. Having that conversation and making a decision can relieve the stress you feel about what’s next after high school graduation. It allows you the opportunity to enjoy your senior year knowing the direction you will take once you graduate from Keiser University-one of the most promising Universities in Florida. Here is an article on 10 careers that should boom by 2020 that you might enjoy.
For over 25 years, Ms. Bernhardt has been involved in career focused education and she is passionate about her role in helping other reach their life goals through education. Having graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree with honors in Speech and earning a Master’s of Arts degree in business administration from the University of South Florida, Ms. Bernhardt uses her leadership skills to develop the talents of students and graduates in order to maximize the achievement of the mission and goals of an organization.
The views and opinions expressed in this document are solely those of the contributing author. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of Keiser University and/or the Keiser University student body and staff.
Mrs. Percy and Mr. Williams believed in me. They were more than instructors, they tried to get to know you as a person and tried to understand your goals so they could push you towards them. And Mrs. Crawford from student services helped me find a job before I even graduated. She was dedicated to my overall success.
Going to Keiser University was one of the greatest experiences in my life. All of my deans, professors, and staff made me feel that I was a part of something very special, and I am. I would recommend for anyone to get their education at Keiser University.
The two instructors that have impacted my life are Mr. Williams and Mrs. Percy. Both of them believed in my ability to become a great graphic designer, regardless of how I felt about my skills. I appreciate their motivation to get me to where I am today.
Beyond the curriculum of the courses, the lessons the instructors have taught me have paid dividends in my real work experiences. How to respond to criticisms, project and time management, interview skills, the list goes on and on. At the end of the day, they not only showed me how to design, but they taught me how to be a professional.
If not for my education at Keiser I probably would not be where I am today, in both life and career. It is because of going to Keiser and the instructors I had that I joined a club started by Mr. Williams, The Lakeland Shooters Photography Group, which allowed me to venture into an amazing and very creative field that I use to enhance all aspects of my life.
The Design program at Keiser University was filled with real world learning and hands on instruction… Based on the portfolio I created while a student at Keiser University, I landed a job in Graphic Design for a major online retailer immediately after graduation.
The year and a half I spent in the program better prepared me for attaining a job in the field…As a hands-on learner, the project-centered teaching was perfect for me.
Keiser University has given me the opportunity to embrace a career change… It has opened the door for a timely graduation and quick return to the work force…
Without the education I received at Keiser University, I would not be where I am today!
I not only received an excellent education but also encouragement and training that built my self-confidence every day.
I realize the amount of knowledge I gained and feel that the educational experiences have developed me in to a person who can move higher up the career ladder.
Keiser University’s MBA program has renewed my mind, changed the way I think, and given me a new sense of purpose. The professors transformed my attitude and behavior, gave me the self-confidence I was lacking, and restored my energy.
It has been great attending and graduating from Keiser University. Because of the small class sizes, I was able to build good relationships with classmates and professors. The PA professors care very much about the progress and success of the students and have been great advisors every step of the way through the program.
Attending Keiser University and getting my degree was the best decision I have ever made. The small class sizes and personalized attention helped me get my degree quickly. The hands-on experience and the education landed me a job at a neighboring law firm.
I chose Keiser because it had everything—small classes, caring professors, hands-on learning, and counselors that are really there for you. I feel like I’m part of a family here, not just a number.
After being denied for several promotions at my current employer, I decided that I needed to further my education. Since graduating from Keiser with my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, I have been promoted and I am able to obtain positions that weren’t available to me before.
Keiser helped change my life by getting my education at the right school! I had been going to another school before, I dropped out because I felt that I was not getting enough information. When I found out about Keiser, I was pleased because the instructors were great.
My decision to attend Keiser University has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. I chose to enroll in the Information Technology program… The one-class-a-month pace helped incredibly with my self-discipline.
The BA for Business Administration at Keiser has to be one of the best in the nation. Keiser takes the basics that are taught at the Associates level and uses them to strengthen your skills and knowledge.
I found that Keiser University’s Nuclear Medicine program of advanced studies and small class size was a perfect fit. I never came across a faculty member who wasn’t truly interested.